Looking for a lively page turner to read while on vacation this summer? We suggest picking up Zoe Klein’s debut novel, Drawing in the Dust. The book is part historical fiction, part thriller, and part romance – with an interfaith couple as the protagonists.
The plot is as follows: Digging in the town Anatot (just outside of Jerusalem), an archeologist, Page Brookstone, finds the grave of the prophet Jeremiah, who was buried along with the woman he loved, Anatiya. Among the artifacts they find in the crypt is Anatiya’s diary. The discovery “ignites an international uproar and violent attacks” as Page tries to have the diary translated. During it all, she falls in love with Mortichai Master, an Orthodox Israeli who is opposed to the excavation efforts but nonetheless falls in love with Page, too.
Klein, who was ordained at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, draws upon her religious training to create a story of both intrigue and intelligence. It’s a fast-paced story that combines “poetry, suspense, romance, and self-discovery into a flawless package,” according to one of the many glowing online reviews.
But we’d also like to hear from you – what do you think of the novel? How does she handle the subject of interfaith romance? We look forward to your comments.